A female police captain in Indiana has been placed on administrative leave after telling one of her colleagues that he benefited from “white male privilege” during a transgender awareness session.
The Plainfield Police Department session featured representatives from the Department of Justice and a U.S. Attorney on how police officers can better interact with transgender people.
The conflict ensued after one attendee — an officer on the force for 28 years — questioned a statistic presented that said transgender people are 3.32 times more likely to experience police violence compared to non-transgender people.
“My wife has never been part of police violence,” the officer said, according to video obtained by WISH. “Most people that I know have never been, accused the police of violence. So I guess I don’t get where that statistic comes from.”
“Because your white male privilege, so you wouldn’t know,” a woman — identified as Capt. Carri Weber — fired back from off-camera.
“I’m sorry?” the officer asks.
“Your white male privilege,” Weber said
“Wow, I am done with this training,” he said.
“Chief, are you going to let her get away with that?” the officer asked. “Seriously? I’m asking a legitimate question and I’m getting [unintelligible] white privilege? Are you serious? I find that extremely offensive … I will leave.”
An officer, who has not been identified, filed a complaint against Weber in connection to the remark.
“I was racially and sexistly slurred by Captain Carri Weber while I was asking a question of the instructor in training,” the officer wrote. “I am now firmly aware of the discriminatory belief she just verbally communicated … There is no place in the Plainfield Police administration or supervision for someone who holds and espouses her discriminatory views.”
Weber was reportedly suspended by the department in August for violating its drug and alcohol use policies after admitting to driving her police cruiser within eight hours of drinking.
- Report from NY Post
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